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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in December 2009 at 8.0% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Utah 2.8% -0.1 -7.3
Provo 2.3% +0.1 -5.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 24,349. There are now 17,031 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,150 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 168. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 7,318 +168 -17,031

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 2.8% 2.3% 7,318
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 2.2% 7,150
February
2021
6.2% 3.0% 2.8% 8,966
January
2021
6.3% 3.1% 2.8% 9,077
December
2020
6.7% 3.3% 2.9% 9,300
November
2020
6.7% 3.5% 3.0% 9,623
October
2020
6.9% 3.8% 3.1% 10,102
September
2020
7.8% 4.2% 3.3% 10,794
August
2020
8.4% 4.8% 3.6% 11,751
July
2020
10.2% 5.4% 4.0% 13,059
June
2020
11.1% 6.3% 4.6% 14,862

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.